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Cast of 30, approximate duration 10-15 minutes.
This assembly on Malta focuses primarily on the country's history, with the opening question of how such a tiny country can have had such an important part to play in two world wars? It is a story of great courage as shown by an entire population – duly rewarded with the George Cross in 1942 by King George VI.
Narrator: So what role did Malta play in the war?
Child 8: The vital role of disrupting enemy supply lines. Malta was the base for ships and submarines, attacking Italian and German supply ships.
Child 9: This bravery came at a price. At a very high price.
Child 10: Between 1940 and 1942 Malta became the most bombed spot on the planet.
Child 11: Over 3,000 German and Italian air bombing raids took place.
Child 12: In April 1942 7,000 tonnes of bombs were dropped on Malta.
Child 13: This was more than was dropped on London throughout the whole war.
Child 14: Over 30,000 buildings were destroyed or damaged
Child 15: And 1,500 Maltese died in these attacks.
Child 16: In recognition of this huge sacrifice, the George Cross was awarded on 15th April 1942
Child 17: In July 1943 Malta became the operational headquarters and air support base for Operation Husky
Child 18: The code name for the Allied Invasion of Sicily which led to the surrender of the Italian Navy
Child 19: On September 8th
Child 20: The same day as that Great Siege ended 398 years earlier!
Narrator: Wow! Now that’s a history to celebrate!
Child 21: Proving you do not need to be a Super Power to influence the course of history!
Child 22: This one small country took on giants
Child 23: And won!
Narrator: Bit of a David and Goliath type story! Amazing! What an inspiration to the rest of the world. Some important lessons to be learnt – from the courage and sheer gritty determination of one small nation